A Resilient Pacific: Building Connections, Envisioning Solutions

About the Sustainability Research Conference Series

The Stanford Initiative on Business and Environmental Sustainability Research Conference Series is hosted by Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability.

The Pacific Ocean connects us and binds us to a common future as we rise to meet the challenges of climate change and provide for communities across island and coastal nations in a sustainable way. During this conference we will explore these connections and define pathways for working together to promote resilience and shape a sustainable future for all.

Session themes for the conference will include:

  • Understanding and sharing to envision the future: Ways of knowing, exploration, discovery, and innovative approaches and technologies.
  • Challenges and aspirations of the Pacific ocean and communities: What are the challenges facing this region and what are the aspirations for the future we want?
  • Solutions for the Pacific ocean and people: What are solutions that could meet those challenges and help build a sustainable future?

The conference will bring together scholars, leaders from around the Pacific, stake- and rights-holders, national governments and philanthropic organizations to share knowledge and perspectives on the potential paths to connecting and supporting Pacific community futures.

Invited and contributed presentations will identify challenges, needs, gaps, and pathways for a sustainable and just future. In addition, there will be two panels, one that will bring together philanthropic representatives to discuss opportunities to support communities towards greater resilience and sustainability, and a second panel that will bring together decision makers to discuss efforts to bring together conservation and development.

Event Details


March 14-15, 2024


Stanford Graduate School of Business


March 14, 2024: 12:30pm–7:00pm
March 15, 2024: 8:00am–3:10pm

Full Conference Agenda

Conference Organizers

David and Lucile Packard Professor of Marine Science; Chair, Oceans Department; Co-Director of Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions; Senior Fellow at Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University
Director, Portfolio Impact at The Audacious Project, A Collaborative Philanthropic Funding Initiative House at TED
Staff Scientist, Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford University
Andrew B. Hammond Professor of French Language, Literature, and Civilization, Department of English, By courtesy Department of Comparative Literature, Department of French, Stanford University
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PhD Student, Biology Department and Hopkins Marine Station
William Alden and Martha Campbell Professor of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and of Oceans, and Senior Fellow Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University
Co-Director of Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions, and William and Eva Price Senior Fellow in the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University
Strategy Director at the Science Philanthropy Alliance